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This film was last shown on 14 February 2019

Keira Knightley (Atonement, Anna Karenina) gives a career-best performance in this exhilarating, entertaining and timely film about the life of ground-breaking French novelist Colette, best known for Gigi.

Collette’s marriage whisks her away from her simple country life to the raucous, artistic fringes of Paris. As her literary talents bloom, she pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation, published in her husband’s name. After its success, the pair become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels. Colette's fight over creative ownership drives her to overcome societal constraints, revolutionizing literature, fashion and sexual expression.

Whip-smart and unapologetic, this is the story of a uniquely talented author, actor, journalist, and a feminist trailblazer, who fights for the survival of her voice in a male-dominated world, shining a light for future generations of female artists.


Wash Westmoreland
1 hour 52 minutes
Arabella Weir, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Keira Knightley, Robert Pugh, Sloan Thompson


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